"A Strange Reward for Obedience"
"If God is both good and all-powerful, then why is there pain and suffering?"
If you want to walk with God and grow in the Christian faith, you must understand and submit to God's perspective on "why bad things happen to good people."
1. God allows trials to motivate you to strengthen our defenses against evil (32:1-6).
A. The time to get ready for trials is before, not after (Prov. 24:10).
B. Don't trust your preparations; trust the Lord.
2. God allows trials to increase our trust in Him.
Our main need in a time of trial is to rely on God alone and to resist the lies of the enemy (1 Peter 5:6-11).
A. Trust in God means submitting to His sovereignty over your trials.
B. Trust in God means acknowledging God as the source of your strength (32:7-8).
Trusting God isn't passive and vague; it's active and specific.
C. Trust in God means casting your cares on Him through prayer for His glory.
When you pray in a time of trial, make sure that God's glory (not your happiness) is the object of your prayer.
3. God allows trials to enrich our experience of His salvation.
4. God allows trials to humble us under His mighty hand.
- The major sin of the human race is pride.
- God has to send trials to remind us that even good people are not essentially good (only God is truly good!).